Talk:Armed Forces Day (United Kingdom)

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MP[edit]

Per [[1]], acronyms should be spelled out on first use for the benefit of readers who may not be familiar with them. "MP" will mean something very different for readers outside of Commonwealth countries. American readers, for example, are more familiar with MP meaning "Militray Police". As far as linking goes, MP is a disambiguation page, which is not a useful link for the reader. What really should be linked here is Member of Parliament, which is an article that explains what a Member of Parliament is and does, rather than a list of the dozens of possible meanings of the acronym MP. Ground Zero | t 19:51, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Never heard of this[edit]

I guarantee that only a tiny proportion of the armed services or the UK population is aware of this day. I never had. Perhaps the article could make clear why Labour decided to have this day, as it's not immediately self-evident, particularly since we already have Remembrance Sunday. 84.65.203.33 23:31, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

I think the idea was to recognise those who served and survived, perhaps wounded or traumatised, as well as those who returned undamaged. Remembrance Day is for those who died. According to the Veteran's Agency, the second celebration in 2007 was a huge increase over the first in 2006. Kingsmead 11:06, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

I've never heard of it either (3 years on from the above message). The previous UK government had a reputation for lifting ideas from the U.S. & perhaps this bears it out, judging by the haphazard adoption of Veterans' Day & its apparently sudden replacement. As to its origins this Guardian article from January 2006 suggests the then PM aspired to a US-style 'Patriotic Day'. The custodians of Remembrance Sunday didn't want to be co-opted to that end; Veterans' Day, announced in February 2006, looks like a natural consequence.Hakluyt bean (talk) 02:44, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Armed Forces Day[edit]

Isnt Armed Forces day meant to replace veterans day rather than be two different events which is currently how it sounds from reading the article? BritishWatcher (talk) 12:53, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Name Change[edit]

I think this article needs to be renamed to Armed Forces Day. According to this it is the same event as Veterans Day, but has been renamed. It's not a separate (coinciding) event. Regards Ranger Steve (talk) 16:57, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Agreed Armed Forces Day (United Kingdom) should be the title BritishWatcher (talk) 16:58, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
I've changed the name and updated the article where needed. --Île_flottant~Floating island (talk) 23:45, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
Good changes thanks BritishWatcher (talk) 22:20, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Not a holiday[edit]

So why is it categorised as such? Patrick lovell (talk) 18:18, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Its not a public holiday, but that list of UK holidays isnt just public ones. St Georges day is on there so i dont see why this one cant. Although the title as mentioned above needs sorting out. Veterans day was transformed into Armed Forces Day to cover everything. BritishWatcher (talk) 18:31, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

The wrong date?[edit]

Don't ask me why, but this years event seems to be on the 26th and not the 27th.... From the horse's mouth. I'm going to update the "On this day" sections accordingly. Not sure I get this to be honest, but I can't seem to find anything that says it will be a Sunday this year. Ranger Steve (talk) 19:58, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

I already did that. I can't find any official policy on what day it's meant to be. It's vaguely related to the awarding of the first VC but why make it a day later? I guess that holding it at the weekend brings in more crowds as it's not a public day off. KenDenier (talk) 12:47, 26 June 2010 (UTC)
If you did it, it must have been reverted, it was set for the 27th when I got the OTD sections changed last night. Occurs to me that the 27th was a Saturday last year, so maybe its to keep a consistent day and not date. Ranger Steve (talk) 15:23, 26 June 2010 (UTC)
"Last Saturday of June" seems to be what it is, surely? At least since the name changed to Armed Forces Day. Or "Saturday closest to the 27th". David (talk) 16:44, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

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